Friday, August 17, 2018

Costa Rica Supreme Court lifts the ban on same-sex marriage

Costa Rica’s highest court ruled that it was unconstitutional and discriminatory to prevent same-sex couples from tying the knot.

According to ruling, lawmakers now have 18 months to implement changes through a new law or same-sex weddings will automatically become legal.

President Carlos Alvarado, who has publicly advocated for same-sex marriage throughout his campaign since entering power in April, welcomed the decision.

“We continue to deploy actions that guarantee no person will face discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and that the state’s protection be given to all families under equal conditions,” he tweeted as the news broke, adding “Our commitment to full equality remains intact”.

He added: “We will continue to boost actions that guarantee no person will face discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

During this year’s general election, same-sex marriages was a major campaigning point and proved to be a topic of contention.

It's time Costa Rica!

President Alvarado (with white shirt) supports marriage equality

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Trans candidate makes history with win in Vermont governor primary

Christine Hallquist became the country’s first openly transgender candidate to win a major party’s nomination in a governor’s race.

Vermont Democrats made history by selecting Hallquist as their gubernatorial nominee in the party’s primary. She defeated three other candidates.

In November’s election, the former CEO faces off against Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who polls show has lost popularity among voters in recent months.

Hallquist joins a number of transgender men and women who have run for office recently, including the country’s first openly transgender state legislator, Virginia’s Danica Roem, who won her office last November.

Hallquist told that the choice to transition in 2015 was difficult, but that she ultimately decided telling the truth to her three children was more important. The former engineer initially feared losing her job when she came out as trans, but she said Vermont welcomed her with open arms.  

“I consider myself a very strong leader with a good history who happens to be transgender. I mean, I’d ask the voters who may be struggling with the fact I am transgender to try to look beyond that. Try to look at what I’ve done,” she added.

My best wishes for her!

Lebanon highest court ruled that gay sex is not a crime

A court in Lebanon ruled that the country’s law does not ban homosexuality.

The decision to uphold the acquittal of nine people prosecuted for being gay in 2017 has been celebrated by activists, who view it as a landmark moment in the fight to decriminalise homosexuality.

The ruling was handed down by a Mount Lebanon appeals court, the highest judicial authority to find in favour of equality so far.

It rejected an appeal to overturn a lower court’s ruling in January last year that if Lebanese citizens wanted to have gay sex, it was “a practice of their fundamental rights.”

The nine people acquitted in that decision had been charged under Article 534 of the Lebanese Penal Code, which bans sexual acts which “contradict the laws of nature,” making them punishable with one year in prison.

But the Mount Lebanon judges ruled that when they were constructing this law, “legislators had not intended to criminalise homosexuality but rather offence to public morals.”

Karim Nammour, a lawyer and an activist for LGBT equality, said that the decision means “homosexual relations are not a crime, as long as they are between two adults and do not occur in a public space.”

Nammour said this was the fifth such verdict in support of equality for gay people, but that a ruling from such a high-ranking court was unprecedented. “The appeals court has a certain authority… It’s higher in the hierarchy,” he added.

Lebanon was more tolerant than most Arab countries, but this year Beirut Pride was canceled after its organizer was detained by authorities. I sincerely hope the things will change in Lebanon since now.

Beirut Pride 2018 was canceled by authorities

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mr Gay Europe crowned in Poland despite protests

The winner of the Mr Gay Europe competition was crowned in the Polish city of Poznan, despite hundreds of protesters turning out to make their views on LGBT people heard.

"I hope this will help us in our fight for the same rights as those enjoyed in the rest of Europe," event organiser Pawel Zabilski said.

Enrique Doleschy, the 30-year-old German who beat six other finalists to win the title, said the event was necessary so long as gay individuals continue to be disrespected and unable to be themselves.

“As long as there’s one person feeling like this, we need competitions like this to bring out the best in people and to force them, to drive them, to be better for each other,” Doleschy said.

This year’s competition also marked the first year that a trans contestant entered the competition, with Niels Jansen from Denmark crowned as the first runner-up.

LGBT activists in Poland continue to fight for equality, however polls suggest most people in the country do not support them.

A gay pride parade was held to coincide with the event

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Happy Gay Uncles Day!

On Sunday 12 August it’s Gay Uncles Day or Guncles Day. 

The day started two years ago when Florida resident C.J Hatter took to Facebook to make the suggestion.

He wrote: "Mark your calendars now! The second Sunday in August is Gay Uncles Day. Shower your favorite gay uncle with gifts and recognition!"

Hatter later elaborated: "My goal in promoting this day of celebration is to normalize the role of the gay uncle, cousin, brother… whatever, in the family and in society."

"The more visible we are, and the more forthright we and our loved ones are of our very existence, the less uncomfortable society will be with us," he added.

When he first posted about the day two years ago, the reaction was viral. Gay Uncles Day returned last year and again, there was an overwhelming positive reaction.

People celebrate it by posting photos of guncles with nephews and nieces using the hashtag #GayUnclesDay, #GunclesDay or #NationalGunclesDay.

Do you want to join on 3rd edition?

A gay uncle is like an uncle but fabulous

Thursday, August 9, 2018

One year with no news from Zelim Bakaev

A year since the disappearance of Chechen gay singer Zelim Bakaev, his family, fans and activists are still searching for answers about what happened to him.

Zelim was last seen being dragged into a car in the streets of the Chechen capital Grozny, where he had gone to attend his sister’s wedding last year, on August 8. No one has heard or seen him since.

Chechen refugees of the LGBT World Beside organisation held a small rally outside the Russian embassy in Belgium in his honor.

“We demand the resolution of an international independent investigation by an international human rights organisation. We do not forget and see what is happening in Chechnya,” they wrote in a statement.

Human rights activists have long been demanding an investigation into Zelim’s disappearance, which has yet to be launched as authorities in both Chechnya and Russia have dismissed reports of a purge targeting gay men in the Chechen republic.

Zelim’s mother has pleaded for answers, but nothing has been done. Not for him or any of the other victims of the gay purge in Chechnya.

Chechen authorities denied these accusations, going so far as to deny the very existence of LGBT people in Chechnya. Nonetheless, there have been numerous verified reports of secret prisons, torture and possibly as many as 20 men have been killed.

Where is Zelim?

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Joe Biden’s foundation launches a campaign to stop parents from rejecting their LGBT kids

Barack Obama’s former Vice President Joe Biden, a long-time supporter of LGBT rights, has made LGBT issues a core focus of the Biden Foundation, which was set up following his departure from the White House.

Biden launched a campaign "As You Are" to raise awareness of “the importance of family acceptance in the lives of LGBTQ young people,” putting significant resources towards campaigns bolstering acceptance by families.

Biden said: “I’m so proud to announce that the Biden Foundation has launched a family acceptance campaign. We’ll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection, and lift up research, best practices, and personal stories to powerfully show the significant value of family acceptance.”

The Foundation added: “Today far too many LGBTQ folks continue to face rejection at home and discrimination in their communities. This kind of rejection leads to heartbreaking outcomes.”

“Forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Many of them have been kicked out of their homes, or no longer find it safe to stay at home.

“Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are five times more likely than their straight peers to have attempted suicide. 40 percent of transgender and gender nonconforming adults report having attempted suicide at some point in their lives. Most of them before the age of 25.”

“Some parents subject their children to the vile practice of conversion therapy or pressure them to keep their identities secret. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

“If you are an LGBTQ person who has experienced rejection or acceptance we want to hear from you. If you are a parent we want to hear from you. If you are a teacher, a coach friend neighbor co-worker sibling or ally we want to hear from you, too.”

“By sharing your stories, we can work together to change the culture and ensure a bright future for the LGBTQ young people in America.”


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Guard who escorted Harry and Meghan revealed as gay porn star and a former Mr Gay UK

One of the royal horse cavalry guards who escorted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day moonlights as a gay adult film performer and Mr Gay UK in 2007.

As a member of The Household Cavalry, Dan Broughton is a prominent member of the plumed and gold-helmeted mounted royal escort. His unit accompanied the newly married couple’s white horse-drawn carriage through Windsor’s streets following their sumptuous May 19 wedding.

Besides its ceremonial role, The Household Cavalry also serves as Queen Elizabeth’s official bodyguard.
It’s never been a secret that Dan is gay. In fact, he’s believed to be a pal of Harry, who “has even described him as his ‘GBF’, gay best friend”.

In addition to identifying himself as a member of the British military on his Twitter profile, Dan also describes himself as an "International Commercial and Erotica Model".

Various members of the LGBT community attended the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor last month. The younger generation of the Royal Family, including Princes William and Harry, have shown support for LGBT rights.

There is nothing to be ashamed of. I am proud of you, Dan!

Dan was crowned Mr Gay UK in 2007

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Russian police arrest LGBT activists in St Petersburg

Russian police detained around 25 gay rights activists who took part in an unsanctioned rally in St Petersburg.

Organisers had said they would stage one-man protests to demand freedom of association after city authorities turned down their request to hold a parade.

A few dozen activists gathered at Palace Square in defiance of a ban on holding the rally.

Police detained campaigners who unfurled rainbow flags or held placards, dragging them into a police bus. 

There were no clashes between police and the activists.

Russia passed a law in 2013 banning the spreading of gay “propaganda” to harass and intimidate LGBT activists into silence.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Paris hosts 10th Gay Games

More than 10,000 athletes have gathered in Paris to take part in the 10th edition of the Gay Games, the world’s most inclusive sports event.

Held every four years like the Olympics, the Gay Games’s first edition was organised in San Francisco, California, in 1982.

The 2018 event, held between August 4-12, will see the participation of athletes representing 91 different countries, including 20 where homosexuality is illegal such as Egypt, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, and a Chinese team will compete for the first time.

Whereas other sport events are struggling with letting trans athlete compete in their preferred gender category, the Gay Games has no such qualms. Every one can choose his or her gender or choose to compete in a mix team.

In 2022 Gay Games which will be held in Hong Kong, the first and only Asian city that had ever bid to host the event.

Have a good Games!!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Loving God and a man is compatible

An Italian priest named Giuliano Costalunga caused the repercussions in his country after moving to Spain to marry his boyfriend and explain his love to the whole world through a video about the trip and the ceremony published on YouTube.

"After 10 years my dream has finally come true, I married Paolo, my friend and my love, because I always love God and I love him," confessed the priest. "I live a special experience, Paolo has saved me, it made me a better person, it's an angel that has changed my life," he added.

The Verona bishop, in contrast to gay marriage, does not approve of his decision: "For our church it's a very sad case. A predecessor in my position would prevent this father from being ordained, I imagine he had intrigued that here the man was not the best choice to become a priest."

The two men now live their love story in the beautiful Canary Islands, Spain, because this is a country that is a reference in LGBT rights. They say that every Sunday very early they go to the church because their love in God is greater than the prejudices of the people.

Love always wins!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A report reveals there is a great inequality in Hollywood

A recent report Inequality in 1,100 Popular Films reveals that out of 4,403 characters studied in Hollywood movies last year, less than 1% (only 0.7%)) were gay, lesbian, or bisexual. No transgender characters in the top 100 movies of the year at all.

Conducted over a decade, looking at Hollywood’s biggest films from 2007 to 2017, researchers examined portrayals of women, characters of color, LGBT characters, and characters with disability.

Overall, the numbers reveal that despite all the talk about diversity and representation, there is less action to make it happen.

Looking at the bigger oicture from 2014 to 2017 (400 films and 17,820 characters) things don’t get much better. Across those years, 83 characters were gay. That’s 0.004% of all characters examined. Besides, only 29 were lesbians and 22 were bisexual. A single trans character appeared in these 400 films.

For other portrayals the report assesses, the numbers remain unfortunately low.

Of the studied 1,100 films, only 13% had a gender balance in their cast. When looking year-by-year, women fared worst in 2014 with 28.1% of speaking roles and best in 2008 and 2009, with 32.8% each. In 2017 alone, only 33 films of the 100 most popular had a female lead or co-lead. Of those characters, only 4 were women of color and 5 were 45 or older.

In terms of race, 70.7% of characters since 2007 have been white. 12.1% have been black, 6.2% Hispanic, 4.8% Asian, and 6.3% other. Once more, this is also worse for women of color. Of the top 100 films of last year, 43 had no black women, 65 had no Asian women, 64 had no Hispanic or Latinx women, and 94 had not LGBT women.

For people with disabilities, only 2.5% of speaking roles were depicted as characters with a disability. 61.6% of them were physical disabilities, 26.8% were mental, and 30.4% were communicative. The gender factor also plays a role in this. 69.6% of the characters with disabilities were male and 30.4% were female.

A solution could be adopting the inclusion rider provision, which gained popularity after Frances McDormand mentioned it in her Oscars acceptance speech earlier this year. In any case, Hollywood has to pull their socks up!

Watch McDormand speech below:

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds gives a passionate pro-LGBT speech onstage

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds gave a passionate pro-LGBT speech at the Love Loud Festival.

The band were headlining the festival in Salt Lake City (Utah) which aims to support LGBT youth by donating the proceeds to LGBT charities and half way through their set, Dan stopped and addressed the crowd.

Dan, who identifies as straight, paused about midway through the performance, saying: "I was just informed that we have officially raised our goal tonight of over £1 million. You did this by coming tonight from all walks of life [and] all sides. We’ve got one last song for you, we love you."

"To our LGBT youth, stay with us every day. We need you, we love you [and] we accept you. Your love is valid, it’s pure, it’s true [and] it’s beautiful. We stand with you. Love Loud will be here. Peace, love, equality, we’ll see you again soon."

In January, Dan starred in Mormon LGBT film to end the persecution of gay people in the religion. Dan, who is a Mormon himself, featured in the Sundance Festival documentary Believer, which details his journey as an LGBT youth advocate for Mormons.

Intending to put a face to the faceless and a voice to the voiceless," Dan said he hoped that the film will persuade leaders of the religion to recognise their "shaming" approach towards LGBT Mormons.

Watch it below:

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A homeless gay teen goes to college thanks a public fundraising

18-year-old Seth Owen of Jacksonville (Florida) was made homeless after his parents, who are evangelical Christians, discovered that he is gay by snooping on his phone messages. 

His parents ordered him to attend gay ‘cure’ sessions at a local church, and gave him an ultimatum, telling him to either do so or leave home.

The teen chose to remain true to himself, and became homeless. Luckily Seth was able to stay with friends, and could make ends meet by working full-time alongside his education.

Thanks to his own drive and the help of the community around him, the bright student held down an impressive 4.16 grade point average at school, and became his class’s co-valedictorian.

The teen secured a place at Georgetown University, but his scholarship only covers part of the cost, putting his dream at risk as he had no way to fund the rest of his tuition. But a crowdfunder launched by one of his high school teachers has succeeded in raising more than $26,000 to cover his first year at college.

Seth plans to become a lawyer, 
check out the crowdfunder here.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

A pride on water in Amsterdam

This year’s Pride Amsterdam week-long festival will kick off on 28 July, culminating in the annual Canal Parade on 4 August. More than 80 contingents will float down the canal, one of the most suggestive Pride locations in Europe.

The route will go from Oosterdok and along Nieuwe Herengracht, Amstel, and Prinsengracht, before finishing off in Westerdok. People are encouraged to watch the parade from smaller boats on the canal’s banks. The myriads of bridges along the route will also make great observation points.

With the traditional boat parade this year, Pride Amsterdam will pay particular attention to human rights. Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the College of Human Rights will have their own barges, to name but a few. These organizations were proclaimed this year’s Pearls of the Parade.

Locations aside, Pride Amsterdam 2018 will include a festival worth checking out. A cabaret night, a Youth Pride Park and a special photo exhibition celebrating the tenth anniversary of Amsterdam’s most famous fetish club ChUrch are among the most anticipated events. Locals and tourists will also have the chance to join a self-defense class and several talks.

Happy Pride!!!

Over 100 thousand people attend every year Canal Parade

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tom of Finland: the movie

Tom of Finland is a 2017 Finnish biographical drama film, directed by Dome Karukoski and written by Aleksi Bardy. 

This is the story of cult-artist Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang), better known as Tom of Finland, and the events that influenced his iconic homoerotic drawings. 

After the trauma of serving in World War II, Touko finds no peace at home as he has to go to increasingly greater lengths to hide his homosexuality, even from his family. 

Touko gains confidence from the positive reactions he receives after sharing his explicit drawings of muscular men in sexually uninhibited situations. 

When an American publisher sees them and invites Touko over to the West Coast his life really takes a turn. 

A moving portrayal of the man behind the legendary images.

It was the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film competition at 2018 Academy Awards.

Monday, July 23, 2018

A majority of people in the UK would stop homophobic abuse, survey finds

new study, commissioned by grooming brand Harry’s and Ipsos MORI, seeked to examine the attitudes of straight people towards the LGBT community in the United Kingdom in 2018. The study reveals that a majority of heterosexuals responding to the survey are ready to leap to an LGBT individual’s defence in the face of homophobia and have embraced same-sex marriage.

It found that 79% of straight people would do something if they saw a member of the LGBT community being verbally abused in the street. 52% said they would intervene directly if they felt it was safe to do so, while others said they would phone the police or offer support.

The survey also found that 86% of LGBT people say the best way to support the community is to treat them the same as everyone else, with straight respondents aligned with 63% thinking the same.

When it comes to general attitudes, 82% said they were comfortable around lesbians, 81% said they were comfortable around gay men, 76% said they were comfortable around bisexuals, and 62% said they were comfortable around trans individuals.

“We hope this study can be a springboard for a deeper conversation about inclusivity, and we very much look forward to being part of that discussion and help drive progress,” said Matt Hiscock, general manager of Harry’s UK.

54% support same-sex marriage

Sunday, July 22, 2018

CSD Frankfurt Gay Pride is one of the bigger German prides

Frankfurt Gay Pride is the large annual Christopher Street Day (CSD) in the Germany's financial capital. The event takes place every July and attracts more than 200,000 visitors to the city. The entire weekend event includes parties, parades and outdoor concerts.

CSD Frankfurt Gay Pride is the Germany’s counterpart to the pride parades and took its name from New York’s Christopher Street, of course, where the historic bar Stonewall is located.The festivities last all weekend with amazing concerts, live open air shows and of course the main parade.

The parade takes place on the final Saturday of the weekend with thousands of spectators taking to the streets of Frankfurt. The event, while still quite political, is fun and friendly and manages to combine the best of pride, delivering important messages but also celebrating diversity and equality.

This year motto is "Meine identit├Ąt ist nicht verhandelbar" or My identity is not negotiable.

Happy Pride!!!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Schools in England to teach about same-sex relationships and gender identity

Schools in England will be directed to teach pupils about issues including gender identity and same-sex marriage, under new draft government guidance.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds published a draft of new guidance for the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), which will become compulsory in all schools across the country from September 2020.

The guidance, which was last updated in 2000, has been significantly re-written to include teaching about same-sex relationships and gender identity, as well as issues relating to consent and staying safe online.

Under the proposals, Relationships Education in primary schools would provide children with the basic understanding of diverse structure of families and the types of relationships they are likely to encounter.

Hinds said: “I want to make sure that our children are able to grow up to become happy and well-rounded individuals who know how to deal with the challenges of the modern world. Part of this is making sure they are informed about how to keep themselves safe and healthy and have good relationships with others.

“Many of today’s problems did not exist when we last gave schools guidance on how to teach Relationships and Sex Education 18 years ago. The action we’re taking is important to help support teachers and schools design a curriculum that will enrich their pupils in an age appropriate way.”

He added: “A guiding principle here is that children and young people at age-appropriate points need to know about the laws relating to relationships and sex that govern our society, so that they can act appropriately and can be safe. This includes LGBT relationships, which is a strong feature of the new subject at age-appropriate points.”

Education Secretary Damian Hinds presented the
new guidance for teaching relations and sex educatons

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

'Boy Erased' trailer is released

The first trailer for upcoming gay conversion film Boy Erased, starring Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges and Troye Sivan, has been released.

In the film, based on Garrard Conley’s book, Hedges plays the son of a Baptist pastor, who is sent away to a therapy programme, aimed at “curing” his homosexuality. 

The trailer shows Garrard (Hedges) being told by his father (Russell Crowe): “I want you to have a great life. I love you. But we cannot see a way that you can live under this roof, if you’re going fundamentally against the grain of our beliefs. Garrard, tell me the truth, that’s all.” And Garrard responds: “I think about men. I don’t know why. And I’m so sorry.”

The teenage boy is then shown being made to go to gay conversion therapy, where he meets Gary, who advises him in the trailer: “Let me give you some advice. Tell them whatever they want to hear. Play the part.”

The movie also features Nicole Kidman as Garrard’s mother and openly lesbian Cherry Jones playing Dr. Muldoon.

Wishing to see the movie!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bulgarian court ruled in favor of lesbian couple

A Bulgarian court has ruled in favor of two lesbians who want to live there as a married couple.

The Sofia City Administrative Court ruled in favor of the Australian-French couple who married in France in 2016.

Cristina Palma is from Australia and her wife Mariama Diallo is a French citizen. They were denied a family mobility visa in 2017. The Ministry of Interior’s Migration Directorate denied Cristina a visa even though her spouse was an European Union citizen.

The Ministry argued it could not grant Cristina the visa because the Bulgarian Constitution does not allow same-sex marriage. So the couple took the Ministry to court and court ruled in their favor.

Bulgaria is an EU country. The EU has ruled that any EU citizen is entitled to family mobility within the EU countries. That rule applies even if their spouse is not a citizen of the European Union, which was Cristina’s case.

The Sofia Court said in its ruling it must fall in line with the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on a similar case in Romania. The ECJ ruled that EU countries may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant their same-sex partner, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State.

Good news for the LGBT movement fighting for legal recognition in Bulgaria.

23 foreign ambassadors supported Sofia Pride 2018

Monday, July 16, 2018

Steve Grand is moving forward with a new album

Steve Grand’s debut single All-American Boy has become something of a gay Fourth of July anthem. But the years since its 2013 release haven’t been easy the talented singer-songwriter. The first rush of notoriety that accompanied the song hit Steve hard.

The video for the track went viral, and with that success came a label Steve hadn’t anticipated. Headlines across the Internet touted him as “America’s first openly gay country star.” He struggled publicly with the disproportionate attention he got in LGBT media for his heartthrob looks and sculpted physique. 

He found himself on what seemed like a slippery slope toward alcoholism, and so, a few years ago he quit drinking. He dealt with a significant break-up and the loss of close family members.

All of those struggles went into the making of his new album, Not the End of Me. There are many things to like about Steve’s new album. His lyrics are wonderfully conversational and he’s an excellent storyteller. His songs have a refreshing quality, and there is something almost irresistible and believable about his music. 

Currently prepping for his summer residency at Provincetown’s Art House, at the moment, he’s all about moving forward. Thanks Steve!!!

Enjoy the clip don't let the light in below:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Corporal punishment continues in Indonesia for being gay

Fifteen people, including five women, were punished with public caning for violating Sharia law in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province.

Two men accused of being gay received 87 lashes each for gay sex, while nine others were sentenced up to 26 lashes for adultery. Four people were caned for being drunk, including one woman who received 27 lashes.

Carried out after Friday prayers, the flogging was attended by hundreds of spectators, including children, outside the Baiturrahim Mosque in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

In video of the punishment, people can be heard jeering as the detainees, who are wearing white, traditional koko shirts, are brought up to the scaffold in front of the mosque.

Unlike the rest of Indonesia, Aceh province follows strict Islamic laws, which make sexual activity outside marriage and same-sex relations illegal. The state's Sharia criminal code went into effect in September 2015. It is the only one of Indonesia's 34 provinces that can legally implement Sharia.

The two men whipped for homosexuality aren't the first, last May two men were lashed 83 times for the same reason.

Stop this atrocity!!!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Malta allows same-sex couples to marry

Malta's parliament voted to allow same-sex couples to marry, three years after passing a law permitting civil partnerships in the overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Lawmakers gave near-unanimous approval to the bill, which represents a major step for LGBT rights on the island, which legalised divorce only in 2011 and where abortion is outlawed.

Malta, the EU's smallest nation, becomes the bloc's 15th member to legalise same-sex unions.

The vote was one of prime minister Joseph Muscat's first actions following his election victory last month.

"It's a historic vote. This shows that our democracy and society have reached a level of maturity and we can now say that we are all equal," he said after the text was passed.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Same-sex couples are perfectly good parents, a new research found

Children of same-sex couples showed fewer psychological problems than children of heterosexual couples, a new research on sexual orientation and parenthood conducted in Italy found. The researchers were based at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, US.

The study, titled “Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parent Families in Italy: Is Parents’ Sexual Orientation Associated with Child Health Outcomes and Parental Dimensions?” and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Seventy gay fathers through surrogacy, 125 lesbian mothers through donor insemination, and 195 heterosexual parents through spontaneous conception, all with children aged 3 to 11 years and living in Italy, were compared on children's psychological adjustment and prosocial behavior, as well as parental self-efficacy, dyadic adjustment, family cohesion, and flexibility. Associations among family structures, family processes, and child health outcomes were also tested.

Participants were matched for child characteristics. Self-report questionnaires were administered through an online survey to the parent who identified as most involved with the child on a day-to-day basis. Multivariate analyses of variance and multiple linear regressions were conducted.

Children of gay fathers and lesbian mothers were reported as showing fewer psychological problems than children of heterosexual parents. Irrespective of the family type, girls were reported as more prosocial than boys. With respect to parental dimensions, gay fathers described themselves as more competent and satisfied with their couple relationship than did heterosexual parents; they also reported higher levels of family cohesion and flexibility than did lesbian mothers and heterosexual parents. The effect of the family type was not predictive of child health outcomes once family process variables were taken into account.

Findings suggested that children with same-sex parents fare well both in terms of psychological adjustment and prosocial behavior. The present study warns policy makers against making assumptions on the basis of sexual orientation about people who are more suited than others to be parents or about people who should or should not be denied access to fertility treatments.

Love always wins!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tab Hunter, gay Hollywood actor, dies aged 86

Veteran out Hollywood actor Tab Hunter has died three days before what would have been his 87th birthday. No cause of death has been publicly shared.

A message on the Facebook page for the documentary Tab Hunter Confidential confirmed the news: “SAD NEWS: Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday. Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that.”

Hunter was born Arthur Gelien in 1931. After his parents separated when he was a child, he moved to California to stay with his mother.

He started booking acting gigs in Hollywood in the 1950s. After he was cast as Robert Mitchum’s younger brother in 1955’s Track of the Cat, his career started to gain momentum.

He went on to star in Battlecry in the same year, which wound up being a huge hit for Warner Bros. That started a successful run as one of the studio’s go-to leading men.

For decades, Hunter kept his sexuality hidden. As a gay man working in Hollywood at that time, coming out would have meant instant career suicide.

Still, he maintained relationships with some high-profile partners, most famously Psycho star Anthony Perkins and figure skater Robbie Robertson.

For the last 35 years, and up until his death, Hunter was in a relationship with producer Allan Glaser. who helped produce the 2015 documentary Tab Hunter Confidential, based on Hunter’s 2005 memoir of the same name.

May he rest in peace

Monday, July 9, 2018

A hidden rainbow flag tours around Russia

When Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag in 1978, he did so to create a symbol and an icon for the LGTB community. A symbol, recognisable across the world, that people could use to express their pride.

Unfortunately, 40 years later, there are still countries in which homosexuality is persecuted, sometimes even by jail sentences, and in which the rainbow flag is forbidden. Russia is one of these countries. 

Six activists have taken to the streets of Moscow sporting their national football shirts in protest of Russian anti-LGBT discrimination.

The project is named The Hidden Flag. The group combined the colors of their football shirts to form the rainbow flag, and creatively subvert laws banning LGBT ‘propaganda’.

Spain (red), The Netherlands (orange), Brazil (yellow), Mexico (green), Argentina (blue) and Colombia (violet). Six countries. Six brave LGBT activists, that together, form the flag that toured around iconic sites in Russia, traveling to every corner to fight against a struggle that will never be silenced. 

The Hidden Flag has so far been photographed in as many places around Moscow as possible. Several amusing pictures show them standing in formation next to bemused looking policeman. 


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Waving flags with pride

Part of Pride involves celebrating the diversity of all of the sexualities and gender identities we have within the LGBT community and that often includes a flag or two, though some people are known to accessorise slightly differently.

Some of these flags may not be familiar to everyone, so take a look at all of the diverse flags you might see at Pride celebrations this summer.

Rainbow flag

The rainbow flag is seen at Pride events all around the world and is often used as a collective symbol for the entire LGBT community. The original was designed by Gilbert Baker in 1977. According to Baker, pink is for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sun, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for serenity and purple for the spirit.

Lesbian flag

The lesbian flag celebrates the L in the LGBT community with the beautiful hues of pink, though many lesbians opt for other symbols including the interlocking venus symbol, or the rainbow flag.

Bisexual flag

The bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page in 1998 in order to give bisexual people a wider sense of community and visibility. Page said that the message of the flag was the idea that the purple blends into both the blue and pink in the same way that bisexual people often blend unnoticed into both gay and straight communities.

Trans flag

The transgender pride flag was created by Monica Helms, a navy veteran who came out as trans in 1987. The idea for the design came to her quickly, with the blue for trans men, the pink for trans women and the white stripe in the centre representing the non-binary community.

Intersex flag

Designed by advocacy group Intersex Human Rights Australia in 2013, the intersex pride flag intentionally stays away from traditionally gendered colours of blue and pink to celebrate the intersex community. Explaining the meaning of the flag, the group states: “The circle is unbroken and unornamented, symbolizing wholeness and completeness, and our potentialities. We are still fighting for bodily autonomy and genital integrity, and this symbolizes the right to be who and how we want to be.”

Pansexual flag

The creator of the flag is unknown, but it began to be used on the internet in 2010 and has since become a frequent sight at Pride events all around the world. Pansexual people describe the flag as showing the attraction to men with the blue stripe, women with the pink and people of other genders with the yellow.

Asexual flag

According to the Asexuality Archive, the flag was created by a member of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) as part of a contest in 2010. As with many other flags, the four stripes each have their own specific meaning. The black stripe stands for asexuality, the grey stripe for grey-asexuality or demisexuality, the white for allies and the purple for the asexual community as a whole.

Polysexual flag

Polysexual is a term used for people who are attracted to two or more genders, but not necessarily all of them. The pink stripe is said to represent attraction to women, the blue attraction to men and the green as attraction to people of other genders.

Non-binary flag

Non-binary is both a term to describe a gender identity that isn’t exclusively male or female, and an explicit identity label for many people. Created in 2014 by 17-year-old Kye Rowan, the four stripes of the flag each represent a different part of the non-binary community. The yellow stripe is for gender separate from the gender binary, white for those with multiple genders, the purple stripe is for those who are a mix of male and female, and black is for people without a gender at all.

Genderfluid flag

Genderfluid is the term for people who find that their gender identity can shift, and the identity is often included under the non-binary umbrella. The five stripes of the genderfluid pride flag each have their own meanings, with the pink and blue for femininity and masculinity, the purple stripe for both masculinity and femininity. The black stripe in the flag represents a lack of gender, and white is there for all genders.

Leather flag

Leather is a gay subgroup heavily associated with kink and the BDSM community, with leather bars typically frequented by ‘bears’ and older gay men. The flag was designed by prominent leather community member Tony DeBlase in 1989, presenting the flag at the International Mr Leather Convention in Chicago.

Progress flag

In 2018, a designer began a campaign to “re-boot” the Pride flag to make it more inclusive by adding a five-coloured chevron to represent queer people of colour as well as the trans community. Daniel Quasar, who identifies as queer and non-binary, recently made-over the six-coloured rainbow flag, saying they added a five-striped arrow to reflect all aspects of LGBT community.

Happy Pride in any case!!!